Nicole Villalpando

Parenting & homes editor

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in her Raising Austin column and blog, as well as homes improvement, faith, aging and community stories for Austin 360. She is also the editor of Season for Caring, the American-Statesman's annual charity campaign that has raised about $10 million in cash and in-kind goods and services for area nonprofits since it began in 1999. She has been with the American-Statesman since 1999 and lives in Austin with her husband, two kids, two cats and one out-numbered dog.

Latest from Nicole Villalpando

How to plan your estate when you have a child with special needs
 Estate planning. It’s not something parents really want to do. You have to face your own mortality, and the fear that you
            might not live long enough for your children to become adults. For parents who have kids with special needs, they know their kids might outlive them and need a support system to handle
            everything...

Posted: a day ago

Estate planning. It’s not something parents really want to do. You have to face your own mortality, and the fear that you might not live long enough for your children to become adults. For parents who have kids with special needs, they know their kids might outlive them and need a support system to handle everything...
Skip, rock out and more family fun this week in Austin, Sept. 16-22
 Events Third Annual Austin Skipathon. Skip around Mueller Lake Park while helping Foster Angels of Central Texas. $25 per person, $10 kids ages 4-10, free for children younger than 3. 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Mueller Lake Park Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd. austinskipathon.com Wizard World Austin. Meet the stars of TV and movies as...

Posted: 3 days ago

Events Third Annual Austin Skipathon. Skip around Mueller Lake Park while helping Foster Angels of Central Texas. $25 per person, $10 kids ages 4-10, free for children younger than 3. 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Mueller Lake Park Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd. austinskipathon.com Wizard World Austin. Meet the stars of TV and movies as...
Pediatricians warn against using marijuana while pregnant or nursing
 Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that its doctors counsel women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to not use marijuana. In theory, marijuana could affect the neurodevelopment in fetuses. Not enough research has been done in marijuana use in pregnancy and breastfeeding, the recommendation points out. The fear is that...

Posted: 4 days ago

Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that its doctors counsel women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to not use marijuana. In theory, marijuana could affect the neurodevelopment in fetuses. Not enough research has been done in marijuana use in pregnancy and breastfeeding, the recommendation points out. The fear is that...
Is your child in the right car seat? Keep up with the new guidelines
 Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its guidelines on car seats in one pretty significant way. Instead of children being in rear-facing seats until they turn 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that children stay in rear-facing seats as long as possible until they meet the upper number for that seat&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its guidelines on car seats in one pretty significant way. Instead of children being in rear-facing seats until they turn 2, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that children stay in rear-facing seats as long as possible until they meet the upper number for that seat&rsquo...
Property Brothers return to Austin … this time with a kids’ book
 Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott will be heading back to Austin in October. This time, though, it’s not to shoot an episode of their HGTV show “Property Brothers.” The Property Brothers Drew, left and Jonathan Scott, sit in an Austin home on Shoal Creek Boulevard that they remodeled for
               the show in...

Posted: 4 days ago

Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott will be heading back to Austin in October. This time, though, it’s not to shoot an episode of their HGTV show “Property Brothers.” The Property Brothers Drew, left and Jonathan Scott, sit in an Austin home on Shoal Creek Boulevard that they remodeled for the show in...
Celebrate Minecraft and more family fun for the weekend, Sept. 14-16
 Minefaire is in town. For all you parents of Minecraft players, you might have been alerted to this convention happening at
            the Austin Convention Center. Minecraft has its own convention called Minefaire, which is in town this weekend. If your kids aren’t into that or you’ve said, “No” to going, there are...

Posted: 5 days ago

Minefaire is in town. For all you parents of Minecraft players, you might have been alerted to this convention happening at the Austin Convention Center. Minecraft has its own convention called Minefaire, which is in town this weekend. If your kids aren’t into that or you’ve said, “No” to going, there are...
Explore game kids love at Minefaire, more Austin fun, Sept. 9-15,
 Events Minefaire. The largest convention for a single video game is in Austin on Saturday. $49-$69.50, but kids younger than 2 are free. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. Minefaire.com. Museums Science Mill. 
            Homeschool Day: Concoctions of Chemical Conundrums. Hands-on activities planned throughout the day. 10...

Posted: 10 days ago

Events Minefaire. The largest convention for a single video game is in Austin on Saturday. $49-$69.50, but kids younger than 2 are free. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. Minefaire.com. Museums Science Mill. Homeschool Day: Concoctions of Chemical Conundrums. Hands-on activities planned throughout the day. 10...
Perfume made the old-fashioned way at Krista Lacey’s Roux Saint James
 Scent always has been important to Krista Lacey. The 42-year-old owner of Austin-based Roux Saint James perfumery began playing with scent out of necessity. She’s allergic to a lot of the commercially made perfumes and beauty products. She remembers breaking out in hives as a young girl. “I became so sensitive,” she says...

Posted: 11 days ago

Scent always has been important to Krista Lacey. The 42-year-old owner of Austin-based Roux Saint James perfumery began playing with scent out of necessity. She’s allergic to a lot of the commercially made perfumes and beauty products. She remembers breaking out in hives as a young girl. “I became so sensitive,” she says...
We found the family fun in Austin after national survey knocked us
 OK, Wallet Hub. This one you got wrong. Austin was named 33rd in Wallet Hub’s list for the Best Places to Raise a Family. Why so low? Get this: It ranked us 106 in family fun. What? It couldn’t find our parks? Our children’s museum or the many other museums with family programming? Our family theater companies? Our at least...

Posted: 11 days ago

OK, Wallet Hub. This one you got wrong. Austin was named 33rd in Wallet Hub’s list for the Best Places to Raise a Family. Why so low? Get this: It ranked us 106 in family fun. What? It couldn’t find our parks? Our children’s museum or the many other museums with family programming? Our family theater companies? Our at least...
Mothers’ own health influences obesity in children, study confirms
 Moms, when it comes to your child’s weight, you matter. A new study in the British Medical Journal confirms this. The study looked at more than 24,000 children of more than 16,000 nurses enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II in the 1990s. The researchers specifically looked at children who were not obese before age 9 and where...

Posted: 11 days ago

Moms, when it comes to your child’s weight, you matter. A new study in the British Medical Journal confirms this. The study looked at more than 24,000 children of more than 16,000 nurses enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II in the 1990s. The researchers specifically looked at children who were not obese before age 9 and where...
Find your family fun in between the raindrops in Austin this weekend, Sept. 7-9
 The rain is going to keep on coming all weekend. Plan accordingly when you’re considering what to do with the kids this weekend.
            You’ll still find plenty of fun things to do in Austin. Check out our list: Vanessa Roeder will be reading a story at Toybrary Austin on Friday. FRIDAY Thinkery. 
            Namaste &...

Posted: 12 days ago

The rain is going to keep on coming all weekend. Plan accordingly when you’re considering what to do with the kids this weekend. You’ll still find plenty of fun things to do in Austin. Check out our list: Vanessa Roeder will be reading a story at Toybrary Austin on Friday. FRIDAY Thinkery. Namaste &...